California light rail project receives federal funding
The US government has assigned $5 million in federal funding for California’s Eastern San Fernando Valley Light Rail Transit Project.
The light rail line, officially called the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor, is being prepared for the construction phase.
Scheduled to be completed in 2028, the light rail project will be built in two phases.
The first phase of the project, estimated to cost between $1.6 billion and $2 billion, will include 11 new transit stations and electric traction substations, as well as a new at-grade alignment of facilities maintenance and storage (MSF).
An additional survey will be conducted along the northern segment of the 2.5 mile shared right-of-way between San Fernando Rd/Van Nuys Bl and Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station. The cost of the second phase of the project has not yet been determined.
According to Metro, the federal funding will help improve local infrastructure as well as improve connectivity throughout the region.
US Senator Alex Padilla said, “It was an honor to be back in my hometown to highlight this federal-local collaboration to provide expanded transit access for the San Fernando Valley.
“The services offered by public transport impact how people get to work every day and how consumers access local businesses.”
Meanwhile, Metro announced the completion track works, guidance systems and platform areas at Grand Av/Bunker Hill Station, which is located near the intersection of Second Place and Hope Street in the Bunker Hill section of downtown Los Angeles.